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Circle
2019
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Multi-award-winning, New York Times best-selling duo Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen deliver the final wry and resonant tale about Triangle, Square, and Circle.

This book is about Circle. This book is also about Circle's friends, Triangle and Square. Also it is about a rule that Circle makes, and how she has to rescue Triangle when he breaks that rule. With their usual pitch-perfect pacing and subtle, sharp wit, Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen come full circle in the third and final chapter of their clever shapes trilogy.
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School Library Journal Review
PreS-Gr 2-Square and Triangle are back with a new adventure and their friend, Circle. In this story, Circle invites his pals to play a game of hide-and-seek near her waterfall. Circle's only rule is "no hiding behind the waterfall." It is dark, unknown, and scary behind the waterfall. But Triangle, who isn't scared of the dark, goes there, forcing Circle to follow into the dark unknown. Triangle is soon recovered, but they also meet another shape in the darkness. It might have been a good shape, it might have been a bad shape, but they could not see it. So they each close their eyes and imagine the shape it could be. If you close your eyes, what shape do you picture? The short sentence structure, quick-moving plot, and simple illustrations make this installment in the creators' shape trilogy just as much of a page-turner as the previous two books. VERDICT Sure to please fans of Square and Triangle, this entry is just as likely to draw in plenty of new readers, too. Recommended. -Elizabeth Blake, Brooklyn Public Library © Copyright 2019. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Barnett and Klassen's Shape trilogy is completed with the arrival of Circle, who invites Square and Triangle for a game of hide-and-seek near (but not behind) her waterfall. Both agree, but, of course, Triangle disregards Circle's one rule and hides exactly where he shouldn't. Resigned, Circle enters the dark cave behind the falls to find her friend, venturing deeper and deeper until it's pitch black and all the reader sees are Circle's eyes in the darkness. Finally, another set of eyes appears, but when Triangle's voice comes from an entirely different part of the cave, Circle and Triangle bolt for the exit. Back in the safety of daylight, Circle ponders what the shape in the darkness might have been, inviting her friends and readers to do the same. In typical Barnett-Klassen style, humor and light philosophical musings mingle to form a story that will entertain children and adults alike. Because much of the story takes place in darkness, readers are called upon to use their imaginations, making this oddball friendship tale an off-kilter treat. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: If you don't order extra copies of this dynamic duo's latest, their fans will get bent out of shape.--Julia Smith Copyright 2019 Booklist
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